Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University


Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is Director and a scientist at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research (www.canchild.ca) at McMaster University. He holds the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research.

Jan Willem has training in pediatric and adult rehabilitation medicine (physiatry) with a special clinical and research interest in transitional services and life course health development. His research focuses on the themes of family, function (daily activities and participation) with a special interest in fitness / active lifestyle and in transitions from adolescence to adulthood (future).

In his work, Jan Willem has found the World Health Organizations’ International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) extremely powerful in teaching professionals and families. He recognized the possibility to formulate ideas about the ICF and childhood disability with ‘F-words’. He co-authored the article entitled ‘The ‘F-words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!’ which has been downloaded almost 7,000 times since its publication in 2011. Jan Willem leads a research program that advances the knowledge of health development of people with disabilities, and that enhances research capacity through mentoring and training. Jan Willem’s research is frequently published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals.


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